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NI local elections 2019

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  • 03-05-2019 3:18am
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    Will Sinn Fein close the gap on the DUP in the battle for the 11 local authorities in NI? If so, it will make a border poll more likely as it would show that a majority would want reunification thus Bradley would have to hold a referendum as per the GFA.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 33,409 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN


    Are council elections even related to a border poll?

    Surely its the Westminster election results that'll matter in this?


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,374 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    gfagen wrote: »
    Will Sinn Fein close the gap on the DUP in the battle for the 11 local authorities in NI? If so, it will make a border poll more likely as it would show that a majority would want reunification thus Bradley would have to hold a referendum as per the GFA.

    Not going to happen, and isn't an expected outcome of these elections.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,511 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    NIMAN wrote: »
    Are council elections even related to a border poll?

    Surely its the Westminster election results that'll matter in this?

    Stormont would be more useful than Westminster. Anyway, its down the SoS to decide when its credible; not tied to any specific electoral results - although should there ever be a nationalist majority in Stormont and the SoS trying to refuse a poll I imagine there'd be legal challenges.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,511 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Aontu appear to be getting nowhere, taking votes off the SDLP if anything


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    L1011 wrote: »
    Aontu appear to be getting nowhere, taking votes off the SDLP if anything

    Great. Social Conservatism will eat itself.

    No fan of Aontú but they are only in existence a wet week and this is their first electoral test. They're more relevant than Renua anyway.

    Let's see how they do in our GE.


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  • Administrators Posts: 53,702 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭awec


    NIMAN wrote: »
    Are council elections even related to a border poll?

    Surely its the Westminster election results that'll matter in this?

    Not in the slightest. Council elections are about getting your bins lifted and fixing potholes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    Internet coverage of the North of Ireland local elections is shocking.

    Even Slugger isn't getting stuck in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 39,781 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    Great. Social Conservatism will eat itself.

    No fan of Aontú but they are only in existence a wet week and this is their first electoral test. They're more relevant than Renua anyway.

    Let's see how they do in our GE.

    I'm sure you meant that as a compliment but it's really not.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,511 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Take a look at the excuses Aontú are rolling out - cause they'll be using them again in 3 weeks. 'only a new party', 'fighting the establishment', 'strong showing for such a new force' etc when close to nobody gets in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    Itssoeasy wrote: »
    I'm sure you meant that as a compliment but it's really not.

    I meant it as a statement of fact.

    As a liberal social democratic Nationalist, it's almost impossible to compliment them.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    L1011 wrote: »
    Take a look at the excuses Aontú are rolling out - cause they'll be using them again in 3 weeks. 'only a new party', 'fighting the establishment', 'strong showing for such a new force' etc when close to nobody gets in.

    Leave them be. It's better when they fail within their delusion.

    That side of nationalism is tiny and getting smaller all the time. It's exactly why FF and the SDLP are where they are. There's little room for anything else on that side. Thankfully.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,374 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    Good to see Alison Bennington elected. Hopefully the more conciliatory and liberal within the DUP will use it to make the changes almost everyone in northern Ireland wants. Equality for all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,580 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    Very early days but looks like the smaller parties have made gains at the expense of the two sectarian parties, can only be good news. Even within the sectarian parties, the election of Bennington is a welcome change, even if I wish every single one of their candidates was defeated.

    UUP not doing well, but hopefully the swing to the Greens and the Alliance hold up tomorrow as more counting takes place.

    The message will hopefully be read as get on with the business of restoring Stormont. Will require some climbing down by Sinn Fein, but time they learned some humility.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,621 ✭✭✭votecounts


    blanch152 wrote: »
    Very early days but looks like the smaller parties have made gains at the expense of the two sectarian parties, can only be good news. Even within the sectarian parties, the election of Bennington is a welcome change, even if I wish every single one of their candidates was defeated.

    UUP not doing well, but hopefully the swing to the Greens and the Alliance hold up tomorrow as more counting takes place.

    The message will hopefully be read as get on with the business of restoring Stormont. Will require some climbing down by Sinn Fein, but time they learned some humility.
    So they should forget about the Irish Language Act and The Cash for Ash scheme, basically do everything the DUP wants. Arlene should have stepped aside at the time perhaps its the DUP who needs humility.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,540 ✭✭✭Leonard Hofstadter


    Good to see Alison Bennington elected. Hopefully the more conciliatory and liberal within the DUP will use it to make the changes almost everyone in northern Ireland wants. Equality for all.

    I happened to stumble upon the BBC's coverage and analysis earlier.

    Someone like her cannot come soon enough and make change in the DUP. Everyone deserves to be judged on who they are not who they want to go to bed with, but we had Jim Wells blabbering on and on about how so many people in the DUP were disillusioned with the thing and she was being parachuted in and that someone had to 'hold the line' (in relation to preventing equal marriage).

    I was honestly shocked and annoyed that someone in NI's largest party would be so openly homophobic and bigoted. Makes Arelene Foster seem like a bastion of liberalism by comparison. I didn't think that kind of thing happened any more outside of extremist parties like Identity Ireland and the BNP and such likes, then again nothing should surprise me given the DUP's carry on the past few years. Thankfully, only about 1 in 4 people in the North support them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    Good to see Alison Bennington elected. Hopefully the more conciliatory and liberal within the DUP will use it to make the changes almost everyone in northern Ireland wants. Equality for all.

    Normalising the DUP should never be encouraged. It shouldn't be a "good thing" to have a gay candidate.

    A candidate's sexuality should be irrelevant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,374 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    Normalising the DUP should never be encouraged. It shouldn't be a "good thing" to have a gay candidate.

    A candidate's sexuality should be irrelevant.

    Absolutely agree.

    But they have to be taken on a journey (DUP) and the good thing is it has started.

    Small steps.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,374 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    Surprised the UUP haven't been able to capitalise. They dropped 16 seats last time out and look like sliding again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,409 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN


    Surprised the UUP haven't been able to capitalise. They dropped 16 seats last time out and look like sliding again.

    If they couldn't make hay while the DUP have been in limbo for 2 yrs locally, and pushing ahead with a crazy crash out Brexit, then they'll never do it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,374 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    On a side point. Anyone know why the count takes so long in the north?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,621 ✭✭✭votecounts


    On a side point. Anyone know why the count takes so long in the north?
    I imagine it is because they don't count some on the first night and then close some count centres early on the other nights because of security concerns


  • Registered Users Posts: 38,072 ✭✭✭✭eagle eye


    votecounts wrote:
    So they should forget about the Irish Language Act and The Cash for Ash scheme, basically do everything the DUP wants. Arlene should have stepped aside at the time perhaps its the DUP who needs humility.
    Both SF and the DUP need to cop on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,365 ✭✭✭✭McMurphy


    Absolutely agree.

    But they have to be taken on a journey (DUP) and the good thing is it has started.

    Small steps.

    Definitely small steps.

    The party is still infested with creationist bigoted dinosaurs though.
    Although she received warm congratulations from many of her party colleagues, former DUP health minister Jim Wells said his former leader, the Rev Ian Paisley, would be “aghast”.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,661 ✭✭✭✭banie01


    To see SF take council seats in Lisburn is something I honestly never thought I'd see in the near term.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,540 ✭✭✭Leonard Hofstadter


    Absolutely agree.

    But they have to be taken on a journey (DUP) and the good thing is it has started.

    Small steps.

    Couldn't agree more. Who people want to go to bed with is nobody's business but their own. But baby steps in the case of the DUP. Even though I despise the DUP, I'm happy she got elected, the times are changing and eventually the North will catch up with the rest of Ireland and the UK in such legislation (indeed opinion polls show people in NI have broadly similar attitudes to the rest of Ireland and the UK on social issues anyway).

    As for the UUP, it seems as though liberal Unionists vote for the Alliance party these days, it seems like the Alliance put forward too few candidates and could have won more seats, as they were saying on the BBC last night more moderate Unionists are no longer afraid of the 'horror stories' put out by the DUP and the likes about 'them 'uns' and don't always vote for explicitly Unionist parties any more (although I always thought the Alliance was soft Unionist).

    What's actually interesting is that although the DUP vote is up, it's coming from hardliners like the TUV and the PUP, they're actually losing more liberal Unionist votes to the likes of the Alliance. So, their hardline positions on things like equal marriage and Brexit are costing them votes. That is undoubtedly a good thing for Northern Ireland in the long run.


  • Registered Users Posts: 736 ✭✭✭TCM


    blanch152 wrote:
    The message will hopefully be read as get on with the business of restoring Stormont. Will require some climbing down by Sinn Fein, but time they learned some humility.


    Why should SF have learned some humility might I ask? Please elaborate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,511 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    On a side point. Anyone know why the count takes so long in the north?

    Fractional transfers to increase proportionality. We just grab the last bundle of votes which can have a significant distortion affect sometimes

    Seanad also does fractional for its panels


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,409 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN


    Gary Donnelly, a supporter of the dissidents, and the folks who killed Lyra McKee, elected in Derry.

    So much for the backlash against these people. They have more support than the media and the police would have you believe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,374 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    NIMAN wrote: »
    Gary Donnelly, a supporter of the dissidents, and the folks who killed Lyra McKee, elected in Derry.

    So much for the backlash against these people. They have more support than the media and the police would have you believe.

    What was his first preference vote, do you know?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,925 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    Absolutely agree.

    But they have to be taken on a journey (DUP) and the good thing is it has started.

    Small steps.

    The journey should be out the back lane.


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